National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Executive Director - Division of Engineering and Physical Sciences

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Washington, DC, DC, United States

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Division of Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS)


Washington, DC


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (National Academies or Academies) are seeking an Executive Director (ED) for the Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS). This is a rare and exciting opportunity for an individual to lead a preeminent and nationally significant science program whose mission is to provide independent and authoritative science, technology, engineering, and related policy advice to the federal government and to the nation. The ED will play a vital role in promoting communications between the science and technology community, the federal government, and the interested public.


As society faces ever-evolving, complex challenges and questions involving science, engineering, technology, and health, the National Academies are distinctively qualified to provide nonpartisan and objective guidance to decision makers. Together, they marshal the energy and intellect of the nation’s brightest minds to advance the public good and the health and well-being of the nation’s citizens through the integration of science and technology in the economic, cultural, and industrial life of the nation.


DEPS is one of seven divisions of the National Academies and sits at the heart of many areas of global importance from computation, to space exploration, to national security.  The Executive Director oversees a complex unit of 75 staff and a budget of approximately $25 million, leveraging the expertise of thousands of volunteers to meet the needs of numerous government agencies.  As the National Academies undergo a restructuring effort to modernize their infrastructure and processes, the next Executive Director will enter the organization at an exciting inflection point to shape the future of the division.


The Executive Director reports to the Chief Program Officer of the National Academies and has overall responsibility for the management and success of the division, including program development, execution, and funding; fiscal management; sponsor and volunteer relations; human resources management; and external communications.  The successful candidate will be a distinguished leader with commensurate management experience and a record of accomplishment within a complex research or technical institution, corporation, government organization, or university.  The National Academies are seeking an innovative leader who can champion and implement a culture of change with the ability to develop powerful relationships and deep collaborations with internal and external partners. 


The National Academies have retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in the recruitment. All correspondence, including applications, nominations, and general inquiries can be submitted electronically. Applications should include a letter of interest and CV or resume. All correspondence will be held in strict confidence.


John Muckle, Partner

Julia Omotade, Senior Associate


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Electronic transfer of materials is strongly encouraged.

It is the policy of the National Academies to recruit, hire, transfer, compensate, and promote people in all job categories and to administer all other personnel actions, terms and conditions of employment in a manner that is consistent with equal employment, and does not discriminate on the basis of  race, creed, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, medical condition for which a person has been rehabilitated or cured, marital status, family responsibilities, genetic information, political affiliation, personal appearance, matriculation, unemployment status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.  It is also the institution’s policy to recruit, hire, promote, and provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and covered veterans who are otherwise qualified.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.